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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 18, 2013 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The sound is remarkable

Dudley - The official D/L was a nightmare tagging wise, and there were even mislabeled tracks - straight from Rhino. My buddy who bought the D/L was pissed. He spent 2 hours separating the tracks into individual shows and then tagging them properly by show, song, and track order. He initially tried to just convert them from FLAC and put them right into iTunes - BIG mistake.

Is it too much to ask a record company to at least tag a limited edition box set correctly for Christ's sake? One hundred dollar Download all fucked up tag-wise.

Anyhow, he got it all straight and the sound is phenomenal. I think any sound guy could get great sound outta the equipment they were using at the time. They started using that "Living room Concert sound" from FM Sound starting sometime in '76 They used those HUGE horn loaded Gauss drivers and straight tube amps for all the high end shit. The end result was crystal clear highs with thundering bass. So many people talk about how that particular system was incredible to hear live indoors. I think it also accounts for some of the reverb you hear in so many '77 shows. Just a guess, because if you saw the size of some of those bigger drivers, they were like 5'x6'

The sound of these new releases are truly incredible. I don't know much about Plangent Processes, but they seem to be handling all of the new stuff lately(including the upcoming Sunshine Daydream) with very good reason. I think they are doing the transfers and then Norman is doing the mastering, but I'm not sure. Apparently, they have the best playback system in the business right now for magnetic tape and film. I would agree that their technology is as good as it gets right now, just judging on the incredible clarity of the sound of this box.

Long story short, this release has remarkable sound, even as an official D/L.

EDIT: here's a shot of those Gauss drivers sometime in late '76.

photo HornLoadedGaussDrivers-Summer76.jpg

Here is a shot I just found looking around that popped up on google stating it's Spring '77. You can see the size of the drivers well and how much space they took up in relation to the stage and the size of the venue. Friggin' awesome.

photo spring77_zps4e3b3872.jpg

This post was modified by Skobud on 2013-06-18 15:07:07

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Poster: grephan Date: Jun 18, 2013 8:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The sound is remarkable

More PA pictures please

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 19, 2013 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The sound is remarkable

photo Englishtown_zps7c087e4d.jpg

Check this one out. It's Englishtown and you can see the drivers on those delay towers - becasue the crowd was so freakin' huge and without them the sound would dissipate badly on a racetrack like that, being flat as hell and all.

Awesome, basic speed of sound type stuff, '77 style.....

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 18, 2013 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The sound is remarkable

nice pics and if only I had a time machine...I still will not purchase this release for a number of reasons, but I am glad that it is excellent quality, enjoy